News from Around the Net: 10-FEB-2012

Greetings to everyone in game land! (Not to be confused with Gameland in Jonathan Maberry‘s Rot & Ruin/Dust & Decay YA zombie series. Great series if you’re ever in the mood for some zombies and a story with heart!)

Hope you all had a better week than I did… No gaming. Work is a pain. And we’re still trying to get our water damage repaired. Things have to improve, right?

Enough whining. Looking on the positive side, I’ll game again in 9 days. The weekend is almost here. And hopefully all this insurance stuff will settle out in a week or two.

That said, there’s plenty to smile about in the gaming world, right?!

This week, my second article in the “Points on a Map” series went live at the Nevermet Press blog. This post is focused on some of the personalities who call Ashid and the Oasis of Del Foor home. It’s been a fun series to write so far! The next post will focus on some of the adventure ideas and story threads to be explored.

And next week right here at Game Knight Reviews I may have a new interview to share, some new reviews, and the Gassy Gnoll’s take on the “Things to Love, Things to Hate” February RPG Blog Carnival going on this month at Nevermet Press. What exactly does a gnoll love to hate I wonder? Guess we’ll find out!

So that’s it for now… Let’s get to the news, shall we?

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

Publisher News

  • Does the name Shelly Mazzanoble ring any bells? It ought to! She’s the “Player-in-Chief” over at Wizards of the Coast and has a blog called “Confessions of a Full-Time Wizard” and recently published the book Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons. Well, Mark @ Dice Monkey had a chance to chat with her about D&D Next as well as some other things… Great interview!
  • With all of the great projects percolating at Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, I guess I’ve become a bit myopic. But Alan Henry @ Lifehacker put together a great post detailing some of the other crowdsourcing options you have available
  • I’m not quite sure where this fits, but the Digital Orc cast “Word Cloud” on Labyrinth Lord Basic and The Blasphemous Brewery of Pilz! I’m a geek and love word clouds. It’s always interesting to see what appears in them. And now I’m curious how he created these!? By hand? Or in a tool?
  • Exciting news out of Steve Jackson Games… Five classic Conan titles for GURPS are being re-released in PDF at the SJ Games store. These titles haven’t been available in nearly 20 years, so it’s going to be fun to dust them off and check them out! For more about GURPS Classic: Conan visit http://gurps.sjgames.com/conan.
  • Meanwhile over at Louis Porter Jr. Design, they’re doing some hacking in d20 Modern. Hacking Revolution includes new rules for changing files, bouncing connections, and programming as well as new feats, terminal modifications, and programs to play with!
  • If you’re more interested in the realm of NeoExodus, LPJ Design has also just released the NeoExodus: Starter Kit, featuring the setting, supplements, and ultimate decks to get you going quickly!
  • And David Posener over at Raging Swan Press has been busy coming up with a collection of eight ready-to-use random encounters in a marsh area for the Pathfinder RPG. Random Marsh Encounters has a little bit of everything from witches and bone devils to ghosts and serpents.
  • If you’re more of an Exalted fan, White Wolf has just released Masters of Jade – a guild of merchants skilled in selling fire to the gods and ice to Eskimos. The book details the full breadth of the guild from caravans to fleets as well as their trade with the supernatural residents of the Exalted world and more!

Reviews

Tools

  • Random generators are awesome. And I had no idea that there were so many available over at Random-Generator.com. Check ‘em out!
  • I’ve mentioned Dave’s Mapper a few times in previous posts, but now Dave Miller is starting to add some new geomorphs – including side views! (Thanks to the Risus Monkey for helping announce it!)
  • And if you’re looking for some adventures for inspiration, be sure to check out the WotC “Adventure Archive.” There’s plenty there to keep you busy for a while!

That’s it for this week on the news front. Of course, if you need a bit more of a news fix you should check out “What’s Up With D&D?” @ ENWorld from Chris Hackler (Gaming Tonic), the Weekly Roundup from the Roving Band of Misfits (check out the awesome Donkey Kong miniature!), and The Weekly Assembly from the Gamer Assembly!

Oh, and before I forget – Happy First Anniversary to Mythopoeic Rambling! Congrats and best of luck moving forward!

I hope everybody has a great weekend!

As always, if you feel I missed something (and it would be impossible NOT to), drop me a quick note via the contact page or drop me an e-mail at news(at)gameknightreviews(dot)com and I’ll add it to the list for next week!

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